Primary Care Medical Providers

Ronald L Berry

Ronald L Berry MD

Mailing Address:
STUDENT HEALTH CARE CENTER
PO BOX 117500
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
GAINESVILLE FL 326117500
Physical Address:
STUDENT HEALTH CARE CENTER
280 FLETCHER DR
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
GAINESVILLE FL 326112038

Ronald Berry, MD, is board certified in family practice and has been a member of the Student Health Care Center since 1989. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Florida in 1979 and his doctor of medicine from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 1982. Dr. Berry completed his residency in family practice in Pensacola in 1985. He is an assistant professor in the department of Community Health and Family Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Bryce C Catarelli

Bryce C Catarelli

Mailing Address:
PO Box 100197
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1601 SW ARCHER RD
GAINESVILLE FL 32608

Teaching

Dr. Catarelli is a clinical assistant professor whose primary teaching responsibilities involve working with undergraduate students in both the clinical and didactic setting. She is passionate about research and the use of evidence-based practice in improving patient outcomes and providing excellent patient care to children and adults. Throughout her career as an RN and family nurse practitioner, she has worked closely with RN and APRN students by developing residency programs and serving in preceptor roles in the hospital and outpatient clinic setting.

Research

Dr. Catarelli has experience working in the pharmaceutical research arena as a sub-investigator, in addition to her strong background of implementing quality improvement and evidence-based practice projects in the clinical setting. She is actively working on exploring best practice approaches to teaching research and evidence-based practice to undergraduate students in the classroom.

Service

Dr. Catarelli is involved with local nursing organizations and service organizations, such as Junior League of Gainesville.

Kirsty Freshwater

Kirsty Freshwater

Mailing Address:
280 FLETCHER DR
SHCC
GAINESVILLE FL 326112038
Physical Address:
280 FLETCHER DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32611

Kirsty Freshwater joined the UF Student Health Care Center in 2016. She has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of North Florida and a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida. She has worked full-time as a family nurse practitioner in rural healthcare settings and family practice offices and has enjoyed the opportunity to work with a variety of patients at all stages of the lifespan. Kirsty is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Abigail Gabriel

Abigail Gabriel DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC

Mailing Address:
PO Box 117500
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Physical Address:
280 FLETCHER DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32611

Abigail Gabriel joined the UF Student Health Care Center in 2007. She is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Texas Tech University. With her desire to work in health care she pursued her career in nursing receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). She has worked in a variety of settings in nursing including adult medical and surgical floor, pediatrics and neonatal intensive care units. She has worked full time as a nurse practitioner in rural health and private practice. She has found working in the College Health setting to be her favorite and greatest passion in her professional career.

Ann M Grooms

Ann M Grooms MD

Mailing Address:
PO BOX 117500
STUDENT HEALTH CARE CENTER
GAINESVILLE FL 326117500
Physical Address:
161 INF
STUDENT HEALTH CARE CENTER
GAINESVILLE FL 32611

Ann Grooms, MD, is board certified in pediatrics and a charter member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine. After completing her fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, Dr. Grooms became an instructor at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in the Pediatric Hem-Onc division. Following this, she practiced and consulted in pediatrics and hematology-oncology in California and North Carolina, and was a clinical assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Grooms joined the faculty at the University of Florida in 1978 and became a charter member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine. She served as a team physician for the University Athletic Association for more than 30 years. She is currently an assistant professor in the department of community health and family medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Her primary focus now is eating disorders, anxiety and depression, women’s health issues and transgender care.

Ashley Kairalla

Ashley Kairalla DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Mailing Address:
PO Box 117500
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Physical Address:
200 SRFC
GAINESVILLE FL 32611

Ashley Kairalla cares for the students attending the University of Florida at the Student Health Care Center for any acute or chronic health concern.

SERVICE

She volunteers as needed for Interfaith Hospitality Network families.

EDUCATION

She received her BSN from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MSN from the University of Florida, and her DNP from University of Arkansas.

Candace K Kuphal

Candace K Kuphal

Mailing Address:
280 FLETCHER DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Physical Address:
280 FLETCHER DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32611

Candace Kuphal joined the UF Student Health Center in 2019. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the Medical College of Georgia – Augusta University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Florida. She has experience as a FNP in primary care and retail health after years of work in numerous hospital areas and administration as a Registered Nurse (RN). Candace is passionate about teaching and utilizing a preventative, wholistic approach with her patients and students.

Eileen F Lauzardo

Eileen F Lauzardo MD

Mailing Address:
PO BOX 117500
STUDENT HEALTH CARE CENTER
GAINESVILLE FL 326117500
Physical Address:
INFIRMARY BUILDING
STUDENT HEALTH CARE CENTER
GAINESVILLE FL 326117500

Dr. Eileen F. Lauzardo is board-certified in Family Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from Drew University in Madison, N.J., where she majored in Zoology and minored in Spanish. She then proceeded to the University of Florida College of Medicine, graduating in 1991. Dr. Lauzardo completed her internship and residency in Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. Prior to joining the SHCC, she worked in private practice primary care. She was one of the owners of Gainesville Family Physicians, where she had special interest in women’s health, performing various gynecologic procedures for the ten provider group.

After eight years in private practice, Dr. Lauzardo began working in primary care with the Florida Department of Health, a position she held for the next eight years. She joined the staff of the University of Florida Student Health Care Center in 2014, working initially at the Shands satellite clinic where duties included occupational medicine and worker’s compensation, along with primary care.

Gretchen R Lochridge

Gretchen R Lochridge

Mailing Address:
280 FLETCHER DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32611

Gretchen R. Lochridge is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgia State University and her Master’s in Nursing from Florida Gulf Coast University. Before joining the UF Student Health Care Center, she was privileged to work at Student Health Services in Fort Myers at Florida Gulf Coast University. She has a passion for preventative and holistic healthcare.

Asim Merchant

Asim Merchant MD, CAQSM

Mailing Address:
PO Box 100383
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
280 FLETCHER DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32611

Asim Merchant, M.D., is board-certified in family medicine and primary care sports medicine. He joined University of Florida Health in August 2016 and practices at UF Health Family Medicine – Haile Plantation.  Dr. Merchant received his bachelor of science degree from Southern Methodist University, and his medical degree from St. Mathews University School of Medicine.  He completed a family medicine residency at Rutgers University and a sports medicine fellowship at State University of New York in Buffalo. 

He is passionate about sports medicine and medical treatment regarding sports injuries.  Dr. Merchant has written articles for Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, AMSSM and numerous presentations to different organizations. Dr. Merchant served as director of the Concussion Management Clinic for Riverhead High School developing and implementing a concussion management policy.  He is also an active member of “Doctors of Tomorrow” a group to mentor high school students who have a strong desire to become a physician. 

His areas of interest include resident education, sports medicine, concussion management and medical education

Susan Jimenez-Nesbit

Susan Jimenez-Nesbit

Mailing Address:
PO Box 117500
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Physical Address:
280 FLETCHER DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32611

I received my BSN from the University of Missouri in 1987. In 1992 I received my MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the same university. As a nurse, I worked in the MICU, medical/surgical floor, and home healthcare. As a Nurse Practitioner, I have worked in an orthopedic clinic and a women’s healthcare clinic. I came to the Student Healthcare Clinic in 2007.

Sandra Topp

Sandra Topp

Mailing Address:
PO Box 117500
GAINESVILLE FL 32611

Sandra Topp joined the UF Student Health Care Center in 2020. She is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sandra has experience working as a Nurse Practitioner in a variety of settings including rural health, urgent care, and family practice.